Full Body Assessment

Have you ever developed pain or symptoms in an area of the body that wasn’t involved in an accident or injury?

During Paula’s years as a physiotherapist, it has become apparent that where the client feels the pain or dysfunction is not always where the problem is.

Pain and dysfunction is your brain’s interpretation of signals coming from your body.  Suppose there is something within your body creating some noxious input that unconsciously you have been ignoring for a long time. In that case, the output of your brain can create protective guarding within the muscles in an attempt to mitigate this noxious input that can produce symptoms elsewhere in the body. 

Paula uses the Ridgeway Method to identify where the cause of the client’s symptoms is coming from. 

Full body assessment helps clients with:

My approach

When a muscle is in spasm it inevitably has an effect on the joint it crosses and the nerves which move through it. Although you may not feel the muscle/joint in question you might experience pain from that structure’s effect on the body. The central nervous system is incredibly complex and everyone is different. One persons response to the same noxious input can be completely different to another. Therefore, I like to do a full body assessment using principles from the Ridgeway method to help identify which areas of your body are creating the most noxious input. Treatment of these area’s as well as the symptomatic area can have more effective outcomes.


The process I use aims to find the structure in your body which, after a minor change in tension, impacts several movement restrictions and reduces spasm in multiple areas including the symptomatic structures.

  • A large percentage of my clients who go through this process will only need 3 treatments and be completely pain-free as well as experience an increase in performance which is permanent.
  • A small percentage will discover they have a damaged structure (i.e tendon, cartilage damage, ligament strain etc) which will require a scan and a rehabilitation plan.
  • Another small percentage will notice a short-term improvement but then the pain returns. This is often due to the structure found in the assessment is continually being aggravated by some activity or postural habit. The beauty of this assessment is that we can quickly identify what activity might be the problem through which muscles keep popping up in the assessment.
Who I am

My name is Paula Luke. I am a physiotherapist with over 20 years experience of in treating musculoskeletal injuries. I have experience in Pilates, sports injuries, dry needling and lower limb post-operative rehabilitation.

What I do

I am inspired by working with my clients to find the core problem and help them conquer it forever.

Where I AM

I am based in Bondi Junction in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. I frequently work on the south coast, but my online booking system is available for Bondi Junction only.

How to book

Please book an appointment through the website. If you have any questions before booking, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Are you suffering from: Neck/back pain? Tendonitis/tendonosis? Muscle spasm? Joint pain? Foot pain? Bunion pain? Plantar fascitis?

Book an appointment or contact me to have a chat over your physiotherapist needs.